Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Results of OHD pilot project now available

In Spring 2015, OHD, in collaboration with the MAHINA (Maternal Health & Infant Advocates) Task Force conducted a pilot project to raise awareness about birth outcomes disparities among Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) communities.

The pilot program consisted of six weekly sessions. The sessions began with a pre-questionnaire survey. Two facilitators were present at each session to provide support and direction for implementation of curriculum. The program curriculum focused on the community's definition of health, norms and practices surrounding birth outcomes, preconception health in the family setting, the mental and emotional wellness for mothers and babies, and making a difference in the community. Guest presenters attended many of the sessions to offer specialized knowledge, skills, and activities. Some of the sessions also included a physical activity component such as zumba or hot hula. The program concluded with a final presentation by participants about what they learned as well as a post-questionnaire. Session were held at a faith-based organization in Salt Lake County.

Read the summary report.

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